Featuring Dark Cocoa Powder from Penzey's Spices.
My husband and I have recently become addicted to a wonderful spice shop that offers a wide array of unusual varieties of your standard kitchen spices. The one I snatched up to try this last visit was a "Natural High Fat Cocoa" "Strong Dark Chocolate Flavor/ The Richest Grade of Cocoa available in the world today" as the label describes this luscious rich powder. It s not too much to say that I wouldn't mind being buried in this stuff...rubbing it between your fingers, it feels like the silkiest baby talc and even completely unsweetened, it's not too bitter to be sprinkled on top of the fanciest desserts. I'm impressed with the Penzey's Spices quality to say the least.
To honor this "Chocolate Bliss" Cocoa, I paired it up with some equally delicious fresh ingredients to compliment the sweet tones in the dark cocoa: Walnuts, Dates, Blueberries, Blood Oranges, Vanilla & of course, my favorite with chocolate = sour lemons.
I didn't want the creamy filling to be "hurt your jaws" sour, but definitely TART against the Cocoa. The vanilla background flavor in the cream combined with the sweetness of a little blood orange juice was the perfect blend here. Then when you think the cocoa and cream are sweet, the blueberry tang brings your tastes back to the sour lemon tones.
And then to play with your taste buds one last time... a sprinkle of tiny diced lemon peel and raw Cocoa Nibs top off the swirl of flavors.
This 'Cocoa Bliss' Tart would be a healthy delicious treat for any Valentine's Day.
Angela @ Canned-Time.com
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